The Florida Civic Literacy requirement was passed by the Florida Legislature in Spring 2017 and is slated to go into effect with the 2018-2019 academic year. The requirement was developed to help ensure that students have an understanding of the basic principles of American democracy and how they are applied to our republican form of government, an understanding of the U.S. Constitution, knowledge of the founding documents and how those documents have shaped the nature and functions of our institutions of self-governance, and an understanding of landmark U.S. Supreme Court cases and how they impact law and society.
The requirement applies to any student initially entering a Florida State University System (SUS) or Florida College System (FCS) institution in Fall 2018 or later. UNF will apply the requirement to Summer B 2018 First Time in College (FTIC) admits as well as to all Fall 2018 FTIC admits. In-state transfers (including AA transfers) with pre-Fall 2018 credits are exempt from this requirement.
For the RN-BSN Bridge tracks (on-campus and online), this requirement may be completed alongside the program courses.
Like General Education, Gordon Rule, foreign language, and prerequisite courses, this requirement may be completed alongside program courses, but will need to be fulfilled prior to a particular point in the program. For the on-campus track, this requirement must be met by the end of the second (2nd) semester; for the online track, this requirement must be met by the end of the fourth (4th) part-of-term enrollment period. A maximum deficiency of six (6) total semester hours is allowed for admission with the exception of those who are missing foreign language.
The requirement may be fulfilled through a variety of manners: AP Government & Politics: United States exam with a score of at least 3; AP United State History exam with a score of at least 4; CLEP American Government exam with a score of at least 50; UNF courses POS2041 Introduction to American Government or AMH2020 U.S. History since 1877; POSX041 or AMHX020 from another FL SUS or FCS institution; by taking a statewide common exam through a SUS.
The statewide common exam will be a 100-item test used by SUS institutions that is based on the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services Naturalization Test. Students who took the test for citizenship may not use that result to satisfy the Civic Literacy requirement. More details will be provided shortly regarding study materials, any applicable testing fees, testing accommodations, alternative formats, number of permitted attempts, etc. the exam delivery date is expected sometime in July 2018.
Note that AICE and IB credits are not applicable as the content does not align with the learning outcomes for the requirement.
Transfer courses from non-Florida state schools with the title "American History since 1877" or "American Government" must go through a syllabus review to earn credit as a Civic Literacy course. This process is similar to that completed by undergraduate transfers from non-Florida state schools for General Education and Gordon Rule.